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aberration
a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically one that is unwelcome
abjure
solemnly renounce
abraded
scrape or wear away by friction or erosion
abrogate
repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)
abscond
leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft
abstruse
difficult to understand, obscure
abut
to lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
acarpous
producing no fruit
accretion
the process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter
admonitory
expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective
alloy
-the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something
- a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolvingg into each other when molten
amalgamate
-to bring or combine together or with something else
-joined together into a whole
amerliorate
to get better
amortize
reduce or extinguish (a debt) by money regularly put aside
antithetical
directly opposed or contrasted; mutually incompatible
aplomb
self-confidence or assurance, esp. when in a demanding situation
apotheosis
-the highest point in the development of something; culmination or climax
-the elevation of someone to divine status
apprise
increase the value of, gain invalue, make aware of, give information or notice to
approbation
official recognition or approval
apropos
-of an appropriate or pertinent nautre, at an opportune time, by the way
arabesque
-an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
-position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose
arboreal
-inhabiting or frequenting trees
-resembling a tree in form and branching structure
argot
a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
ascendancy
occupation of a position of dominant power or influence
asperity
harshness of manner, something hard to endure
aspersion
an attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something
assiduous
marked by care and persistent effort
astringent
1. causing the contraction of body tissues, typically of the skin
2. sharp or sever in manner or style
attenuate
reduce the force, effect, or value of
augury
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
auspice
a favorable omen
baleful
threatening harm; menacing
balk
hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking
-thwart or hinder (a plan or person)
-balk someone of: prevent a person or animal from having (something)
banal
-obvious and dull
-repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
baneful
a cause of great distress or annoyance
beatify
declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood
make blessedly happy
fill with sublime emotion
bedizen
dressed up or decorated gaudily
belie
represent falsely, be in contradiction with
bellicose
having or showing a ready disposition to fight
bilge
the area on the outer surface of a ship's full where the bottom curves to meet the vertical sides
blandishment
a flattering or pleasing statement or action used to persuade someone gently to do something
blithe
carefree and happy and lighthearted; lacking or showing a lack of due concern
boorish
ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
burnish
the property of being smooth and shiny, polish and make shiny
cabal
a secret political clique or faction
cadge
mooch
calipers
-an instrument for measuring the distance between two points
calumniate
charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
calumny
-an abusive or malicious attack
censure
express sever disapproval of (someone or something), typically in a formal statement
centurion
(ancient Rome) the leader of 100 soldiers
chary
cautious; wary
(cautious about the amount one gives or reveals)
churl
an impolite and mean-spirited person
cloture
a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body; terminate debate by calling for a vote
coddle
-cook in nearly boiling water
-treat with excessive indulgence
codicil
a supplement to a will; a testamentary instrument intended to alter an already executed will
coeval
having the same age or date of origin; contemporary
cogent
(of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing
cogitate
think deeply about something; meditate or reflect
cognizant
having knowledge or understanding
colander
bowl-shaped strainer; used to wash or drain foods
collusion
secret agreement; agreement on a secret plot
complaisance
a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
compunction
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
conspicuous
standing out so as to be clearly visible
consternation
feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected
contemn
look down on with disdain
contentious
having or showingg a ready disposition to fight; involving or likely to cause controversy; inclined or showing an inclination to dispute
contiguous
very close or connected in space or time, having a common boundary or edge; touching
contumacious
wilfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient
convoluted
extremely complex and difficult to follow (esp. of an argument, story or sentence)
cordon
1. a line or circle of police, soldiers, or guards preventing access to or from an area or building
2. an ornamental cord or braid
countervail
offset the effect of (something) by countering it with something of equal force
craven
contemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly
credulous
having or showing too great a readiness to believe things
dearth
a scarcity or lack of something
debacle
a sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco
decry
publicly denounce
deflect
cause (something) to change direction by interposingg something; turn aside from a straight course
delineate
describe or portray (something) precisely
deluge
a severe flood
demagogue
a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument
demur
raise doubts or objections or show reluctance
denigrate
criticize unfairly; disparage
denouement
the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved
deplore
feel or express strong disapproval of (something)
dereliction
the state of having been abandoned and become dilapidated
descry
catch sight of
desiccant
a substance that promotes drying
desiccate
remove the moisture from something (especially food) typically in order to preserve it
desuetude
a state of disuse
desultory
lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm
diaphanous
(esp. of fabric) light, delicate, and translucent
diffident
modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
dilatory
slow to act
-intended to cause delay
disabuse
persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken
disallow
refuse to declare valid
discomfit
make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed
discountenance
refuse to approve of (something)
disturb the composure of
disencumber
release from entanglement or difficulty